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CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Dream Green Services as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. Dream Green Services provides air conditioner cleaning, installation and repair services. The company specializes in Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners (PTACs).
NATIONAL REPORT—Aside from mattress protectors, heat, steam and freezing, which have been reported on here at Green Lodging News, there are many other eco-friendly ways to address bed bugs—either from a detection or treatment standpoint. It is a challenge keeping up with the number of products available, especially those that do not involve toxic chemicals that can put employees and guests at risk, but with some investigation and comparison, one can find green solutions that work. Using detection devices can help find bed bugs early and help minimize or even eliminate the use of chemicals down the road—something many hoteliers resort to when there is a bed bug outbreak. Detection devices can be placed behind guestroom furniture, or attached to the furniture itself. FMC Corporation offers a Verifi bed bug detector. It is a small detection device that operates silently. Inside the detector is a CO2 booster pack that mimics a living, breathing host for about 24 hours using a chemical reaction to generate carbon dioxide.
PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO—Enviro-Solutions, a manufacturer of green cleaning products, announces the beginning of an ongoing feature on its Facebook site called “Ask Mike…About Green Cleaning.”
LONGBOAT KEY, FLA.—Longboat Key Club & Resort, a strong proponent of green hospitality, has taken its commitment one step farther with the implementation of green golf course technology as standard procedures for their golf course maintenance programs.
NATIONAL REPORT—Lodging owners are increasingly turning to service companies to handle the cleaning and maintenance of their packaged terminal air conditioners (PTACs). Benefits include increased air flow and energy efficiency, improved indoor air quality within the guestroom, elimination of unpleasant odors, fewer breakdowns, the extension of the life of the PTACs by as much as three to five years, cost savings, and peace of mind knowing that the job has indeed been done. A few of the companies that now offer cleaning and maintenance services throughout the United States include Cintas Corp., Dream Green Services, LLC, and Fibercare. These companies can also service other types of heating and cooling systems. Representatives of the companies mentioned above agreed that many lodging owners fail to service their PTACs as often as required. Fred Wehby, senior director of Deep Clean Services at Cintas, says PTAC maintenance was one of the investments that fell by the wayside during the recent recession. Cintas formally announced its air-conditioning (A/C) coil cleaning service called ChemTron Coil Cleaning by Cintas late last year.
ST. PAUL, MINN.—Ecolab Inc. introduces a new line of bio-based hard surface cleaners that deliver effective cleaning performance and are USDA BioPreferred and Green Seal certified. Designed for lodging, commercial and facility operations, Ecolab’s bio-based facility care solutions are made from plant-derived natural resources and designed to remove soils from hard surfaces safely and effectively. The full product line includes a Peroxide Multi-Surface Cleaner, Glass Cleaner, Acid Bathroom Cleaner and Neutral Bathroom Cleaner.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIF.—Now available for iPhones and iPads, the new iTunes App from ClearWater Tech greets users with a sliding bar calculator. On the far left side, it shows the yearly savings a ClearWater ozone system can produce for a 10,000-gallon capacity pool. Slide the bar to the right and the user sees the amount of yearly savings go up correspondingly as the capacity of the pool grows to 80,000 gallons.
Environmental awareness otherwise known as “going green” is a broad philosophy deeply rooted in the concept of environmental conservation and improvement. In recent years, the concept of going green has certainly made its mark on popular culture, and as direct consequence has revealed a darker side to the movement. Cultural myths have made it difficult for the average consumer to discern fact from fiction. This is especially the case when it comes to the green cleaning industry. Below is a list of three commonly held misconceptions related to green cleaning. Myth 1: All cleaning products labeled “green” are non-toxic. Reality: Words like “green,” “natural” and even “biodegradable” are marketing tactics used to put an eco-spin on a particular cleaning product. Unfortunately, the federal government doesn’t regulate the use of these terms, which makes it easy for niche marketers to perpetuate false or misleading claims. To try and combat this problem, the Environmental Protection Agency has released a list of recognized labels and partners who are committed to manufacturing environmentally responsible cleaning products.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Green Seal announced that PortionPac Chemical Corporation’s Pot & Pan Detergent and NeutraPac Floor Neutralizer have achieved certification as the first Green Seal-certified specialty cleaning products on the market.
BOWLING GREEN, OHIO—System Associates Inc. has teamed with Control Green to monitor guestroom equipment and dispatch staff long before issues become a guest complaint. The joint technology is equipping hotel engineers with much needed business intelligence to enhance the overall guest experience and provide for tighter energy monitoring and financial control.
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